First time on the Algarve? Here’s what to do

Is it your first time visiting and you’re unsure about the places to visit in the Algarve? The Algarve is a perfect destination for sun, sea and sightseeing. There are a variety of activities and places of interest to choose from so you’re never left feeling like you have nothing to do. When you’re not in an active mood though, there’s always the opportunity to chill out and relax at your favourite coastal destinations. If you’re planning your first trip to the Algarve, we have a perfect plan to help make the most of what it has to offer so here’s some ideas of what you can do when you get there.


Milreu’s Ruins

If it’s a historical approach you’re looking to get out of your trip then there’s no better place to explore than the famous monument of Milreu Ruin’s. It displays a range of famous remains from Roman era, ranging from Roman Baths to a Christian Church. Most impressive of all is the 2,000 year old Roman villa that’s still intact. It’s still in a relatively reasonable condition where you can also see the mosaics that once decorated the room. It’s based just outside Estoi and is a very popular destination for tourists.

Capela dos Ossos

Probably not for the faint hearted, Capela dos Ossos, known as the ‘Chapel of the Bones’ was created by 16th century monks with the human skulls of their brothers. A total over of 5,000 skulls had been used to line the walls and the monk’s aims were to warn people of their mortality. As well as the skulls, the Chapel also boasts large painted ceilings which are designed with intricate detail.


Praia de Falesia

Is relaxation on your mind? No problem. The Algarve has plenty to offer in the beaches department and Praia de Falesia is just one of many that’ll be suitable for a time to relax. The beach is located close to Albufeira and stretches for over 6 kilometres. It has noticeable red and white cliffs which designate plenty of restaurants when you need a bite to eat. There’s car parking on-site which makes it easy to drive to if you have a big group with easy access down to the beach.

Ria Formosa Natural Park

The Algarve is extremely famous for its golfing spots, filled with over 30 courses across the region. So, if you’re a bit of a sporty head then the Ria Formosa Natural Park is one of the places to visit in the Algarve. The 18-hole course is accompanied alongside vineyards to provide a picturesque setting whilst you enjoy your rounds of swinging your club around the course.



You can’t go wrong with a day out to the zoo with the kids. Zoomarine is a zoo like no other however. Based right in the heart and soul of Albufeira, it boasts a zoo, water park and funfair which provides a fun filled day out for everyone. You can choose to see performing parrots, have the opportunity to swim with dolphins or take on some whirly water slides. There’s also a state of the art 4D cinema which showcases some of the amazing mysteries found under the Algarve waters.

This list should provide you with an idea of some of the places to visit in the Algarve. With a range of places to choose from you’ll be wishing there’s enough time to explore them all.


beach with an umbrella and deck chair facing the sea